National Geographic

Photo by @markosian |
It was night when Hanan and her family boarded the boat. "I was scared,” Hanan, who is 15, and grew up in Iraq, told me. "All I saw was water.” Hanan had never seen an ocean before -- and now was one of 50 other refugees whom crammed together onto a rubber boat. As it pushed out to sea and the waves started to rise, water started to rush in. "I didn't know how to swim," Hanan said. "I thought we would drown.” A year later, now in Germany, Hanan stands at the edge of a pool, getting ready to jump in the water for the first time. She is amongst a handful of other refugees learning to swim as a way of overcoming their fear of water and the journey they made.

Photo by @markosian | 
It was night when Hanan and her family boarded the boat. "I was scared,” Hanan, who is 15, and grew up in Iraq, told me. "All I saw was water.” Hanan had never seen an ocean before -- and now was one of 50 other refugees whom crammed together onto a rubber boat. As it pushed out to sea and the waves started to rise, water started to rush in. "I didn't know how to swim," Hanan said. "I thought we would drown.” A year later, now in Germany, Hanan stands at the edge of a pool, getting ready to jump in the water for the first time. She is amongst a handful of other refugees learning to swim as a way of overcoming their fear of water and the journey they made.

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@popefelix

Thats awesome

@aaron_alderete

@tgmonica.mtg a quien se parece?

@zanacarrot

Without even looking I knew this was your work @markosian 👍🏼

@anacastenon

there's always hope

@carlos_asa007

@bhgrubbs These people only want hand me downs. The reality is that most refugees are working age abled bodied men with no skills, and only an ignorant religion to offer to western nations.

@ayoubikhb

@allen.oconnell you don't know what you are talking about .. i bet you have never experienced war and every one against you .. i can see that you are a spoiled one .. experience war be there place and then open you mouth...

@hanspurkert5

Sie ist wohl eine starke Frau wie alle anderen auch wir müssen das herz öffnen

@normix74

Precious ❤️

@thestargirl_4

@natashagauti she looks exactly like you ! .........@gautamgambhir55

@nielonetti

🧡🧡

@als_1616

Thought this was you in the pool @juseymourx

@plascenciahernadez

Que bonita playa con este caloron🤽

@rayanatusta

Dope man omg

@lamorellekm

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children in the US. Learn to swim. 🏊

@donacana1945

@certainly_uncertain Nat Geo is inbranch with the NWO.

@donacana1945

@asuarez5150 : Le t’a all move there.

@betin_mr

Nice shot!!

@bunbunpuppy48

That is so sad and amazing

@danny_i_e_l

Wait so can I Jack it in San Diego or not how old the bish in the pho doh

@faljub

واو

@ebringin85

@bhgrubbs I wonder: do you feel you are in some kind of competition with Hanan and others like her? Will you actually suffer and be deprived of she receives a little mercy? Do you imagine that mercy is in such short supply?

@kalso_85

@anniewhereintheworld__ so sad, most of us cant even begin to understand what these kids and their families have gone through. And still go through everyday to make a life for themselves that everyone deserves.

@yaypopbo

@bhgrubbs She can't really help any one if she's dead. Plus there's a ton of cases of refugees being educated in the US then going back to their native country to make it better. Sounds like you need to educate yourself.

@oscar_sebastian_lopez

Que bonita historia, bendiciones para hanan y su familia

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